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Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins

NFL preseason: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida at 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Baltimore Ravens, fresh off a couple of preseason wins, head to Florida to face the struggling Miami Dolphins from the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night. The Dolphins will go into this game on the back of two losses to begin their season.

Flacco, Jackson, Griffin too good for Rams

The Baltimore Ravens have started the season with poise. They’ve exhibited skill and class en route to two preseason wins, the latest a comfortable 33-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams, led by Joe Flacco and rookie Lamar Jackson.

In the one series he played, Flacco was 5 of 7 for 71 yards and a TD pass. Jackson showed the spark the Ravens will need this season. He finished 7 of 18 for 119 yards, and ran for 21 yards including a nine-yard TD run. In their most recent game this past Monday night, the Ravens were able to get by Indianapolis, 20-19 in a sloppy affair.

Robert Griffin III also saw some action: 5 of 7 for 88 yards. “That’s really all we needed from Joe,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Get Lamar out there with a lot of reps, get Robert (Griffin III) out there.”

‘A lot of things to clean up’ – Dolphins coach Gase

The Miami Dolphins are going to have some work to do to give their fans some cheer through the season. They aren’t the most skilled team and they don’t have the personnel to sustain a period of wins only through determination. How is their season going to progress?

If the preseason is an indicator, a tough season awaits for the Dolphins. The Carolina Panthers eased past the Dolphins 27-20 in their previous encounter, giving the Dolphins two losses to begin. Ryan Tannehill was efficient, going 14 of 17 for 100 yards. DeVane Parker, who recently suffered a broken finger, and Kenny Stills were sidelined.

“We’re moving the ball but we’re getting field goals,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “We had a great opportunity after a turnover to put it in the end zone and we didn’t do it; we had negative plays. We have a lot of things to clean up.”

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Dolphins are not a terrible team. They just need some momentum and confidence to spur them on. They will do all they can to ensure they can get the win here to show their fans and themselves they can beat some of the better NFL teams.

Prediction: Miami Dolphins

Full-Game Total Pick

Joe Flacco may not get too much action in this one. He was efficient against the Rams, and with the season closing in, he may not even get a series. Tannehill may get limited action too. The inefficiency should ensure the total should stay under.

Prediction: Under

Full-Game Prop Bet

This is the most likely result in any circumstances. But with the Dolphins wanting to win, they will do all they can to get in range early and start quickly. Along with plausible QB inefficiency, it’s likely that the team that gets in field goal range will convert.

Prediction: First score: Field goal

Half-Time Side Pick

Tannehill is unlikely to see any action in the second half. He may get a series or two in the first half against a Ravens outfit that will rest several key players. A clear skill chasm.

Prediction: Miami Dolphins

Half-Time Total Bet

I don’t see too many TDs in this game, not like the rest of the preseason at least. That means that the total doesn’t go over after two quarters.

Prediction: Under

Nikhil Kalro

Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.


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